Concordia University Magazine
Class Acts

Some graduates in this listing have received more than one degree from Concordia, Sir George Williams and/or Loyola. These people are listed under their earliest year of graduation.


Fred Kerner, S BA, has been named national honorary president of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA). Fred first qualified for membership and joined the association in 1945. Today, he has more than 50 titles to his name. As an overseas war correspondent, Fred was unable to attend CAA meetings until his return from the U.S. in 1969. A year later he was elected president of the Montreal CAA Branch and in 1983 was named national president. He was president of the Association of Alumni of Sir George Williams University from 1971 to 1973. He lives in Willowdale, Ont.


55th Reunion

Ted Rooney, L BA, who had a long and successful career in education and television production, is now retired and lives in Waterloo, Ont. Ted reports that his Florida home was destroyed by a hurricane last year.


Menahem Dunsky, S BA, lives in Montreal. He received an MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts in Manhattan in 1954, and an honours certificate from the Parsons School of Design in 1956. “Following my stay in Manhattan, I travelled to Israel, where I worked as the art director of an ad agency. In 1960 I formed Dunsky Advertising in Montreal, and was its CEO; by 1964, it became a political consultancy. My company gained as its principal client the NDP. Our election strategy helped to elect NDP governments in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. It is perhaps humorous to note that my close proximity to three premiers and many cabinet members led to a more than passing interest in my company by the RCMP. In 1985, I retired from the business world and moved up to the Laurentians. There I did what I had wanted to do for the better part of my life: to paint. I did this for some 15 years until poor health forced me into hospital, then into a home for retired seniors, where the owners mounted a retrospective exhibit of some 25 of my paintings. I am divorced, I have three sons and, I’m proud to write, five grandchildren.”


Frank L. Laczko, S BSc, lives in Plano, Tex. “I moved to the U.S. after graduating from Sir George in 1956. After spending many years working for General Electric and then for Texas Instruments, I retired in 1998 as a Distinguished Member of the technical staff. Shortly after retirement, I entered law school, and recently graduated with a JD and LLM, and wrote the state and federal bar examinations in July to start a new career as a patent attorney. I’m married with two children and one grandchild, who are doing a great job of keeping me young.”


William D. Hyde, S BA (arts), lives in Georgetown, Ont. “I’m interested in any inputs and insights for a book dealing with God in the Second Law of Thermodynamics.”

Break Up by Lynton Hugh Martin

Lynton Hugh Martin, S BA, presented an exhibition of mixed media, “Improvisations,” at Galerie de la Ville in Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., June 2 to July 3. His works included random use of media and photographed segments. Lynton taught art for many years and has exhibited widely in the Montreal and Toronto regions, the U.S. and Ireland. Break Up


Wayne Commeford, L BA, is principal of Montreal’s James Lyng High School. He was featured in Owl Canadian Family magazine in July, in the article “Back to the Future: The case for gender segregation in schools.” ( 2004/05/future.html) The article examined James Lyng’s transformation into a school that segregates boys and girls, and the subsequent improvement in its students’ performance.

Christopher W. Edgell, S BA (econ. & poli. sci.), lives in Cornwall, Ont. “I’m enjoying a growing financial advisor career serving clients in Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario, involved in Rotary, and just returned from a humanitarian mission with Rotary in El Salvador. I’m past chair of the Canadian Ski Museum/Ski Hall of Fame, an active member of Red Birds Ski Club and still skiing hard. I’ve been married for 37 years to Barbara, and a proud father of three sons: Andrew, VP at KPMG Corporate Finance in Toronto; Michael, international news reporter on Global TV National News; and Tim, completing a PhD in biology at the University of New Brunswick.”

Robert Loewen, L BA (econ.), lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I started a commercial advisory company, Robert J. Loewen & Associates, in 2000. I now represent several copper mining and fabricating companies from around the world, including Nexans Canada of Montreal. My wife and I have three children, Mark, Valerie and David.”

William Tackaberry, S BA, is CEO of Frate Savers in Newmarket, Ont. William is a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Traffic & Transportation, and the organization’s past honorary president. William is now chairman of the National Transportation Brokers Association.

35th Reunion

Sandra E. Bain, S BA, is Vice-President, Human Resources, at Bermuda Electric Light Company. “I have lived and worked in Bermuda since 1972. Though my family is still in Montreal, I am out of touch with things that are happening at Concordia. Many Canadians (9,000) live in Bermuda, and some are SGWU, Loyola and Concordia graduates. We are prominent members of the business community.”


Luther G. Miller, S BComm, received an MBA in 1975. He is now director of finance for the Caribbean Tourism Organization, based in Barbados. He is married with two children.

Daniel J. Smith, S BEng, lives in New York City and is Vice President, Dispute Resolution Services, for URS Corporation’s Northeast Region. Dan’s responsibilities include business development and operations management for professional design and construction dispute resolution. Before returning to URS, he served as vice president for an international engineering consulting and program management firm, where he managed a $2.3-billion rail/transit infrastructure project in Puerto Rico.


Sarita Benchimol, S BSc, and Mary Cowan, BFA (music) 84, both live in Montreal and have come together to work on a special project, The Colour’s Coming Back: Message of Hope and Healing, an original CD to benefit and inspire cancer survivors and their families. A CD launch and benefit took place in June, with all proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Mansfield Athletic Club, going to the Défi Corporatif Canderel and its beneficiaries, the McGill University Cancer Centre and the Institut du cancer de l’Université de Montréal. The Colour’s Coming Back is available through the

Steven Tabac, S BA, received an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is senior partner at Richler & Tabac, a Montreal accounting firm. Steven is married and has four children and nine grandchildren. “For the past three years, I have acted as chapter advisor for Alpha Kappa Psi, a McGill business fraternity, and I hope to establish a chapter at JMSB one day soon.”

30th Reunion

Eduardo del Buey, MBA, lives in Orleans, Ont. “After serving as Director for External Relations and Public Information for five years at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., I was appointed executive director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, a major think tank on hemispheric issues based in Ottawa, in February. Prior to this, I had served as Counsellor for Communications and Culture at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, as Department of Foreign Affairs media spokesperson for Latin America and Africa, and also served at Canadian Embassies in Tehran, Caracas, Lima, Guatemala and Madrid, with stints at the Department of Foreign Affairs. I am married to Laura Ramirez Rasgado, who is Mexican, and have a son, Sebastian, 16. During my assignments in Lima and Guatemala, I wrote and performed on two records, with proceeds donated to local charities. Thus have I melded career and hobby into one seamless whole.”

Cheryl Morris, BFA (graph. des.), writes, “I work in communications for the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies at the IBM Toronto Software Lab in Markham, Ont. I’ve worked for IBM for 22 years (eek!) in various positions, such as graphic and multimedia design, direct marketing and event marketing, all of which has led to the job I have now, which is the best. I am the project manager of the largest technology conference in Canada, CASCON, which takes place every October in Toronto. I also manage the content of our website, and handle other interesting projects (see I have travelled extensively, personally and for business purposes. I am married — no children unless you count a cat. I still enjoy graphic designing when I have the opportunity, although the tools have changed significantly in 30 years. Whoever thought in 1975 that an artist would need to know how to use a computer?!”


Arshad Saeed, BComm, lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, as managing director of Saeed & Associate. “After completing my MBA in the U.S. in 1981, I returned to Pakistan. I am now running my management consulting firm. I have three children.”


Richard Marroni, BComm, lives in Montreal. “Over the past 20 years I have dedicated myself to building a very successful multi-milliondollar corporation, Cablek Industries ( More recently I have founded the Saving Station Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substance abuse through a series of programs fostering public awareness, education and prevention. Since our inception as a non-profit foundation, Saving Station Foundation has garnered an overwhelming amount of public interest and support. Please visit Be sure to see the message board, which features letters from organizations, students and the media.”

25th Reunion
Missile, Fire, and Water by Bertha Shenker

Bertha Shenker, BFA, MFA 85, recently exhibited a series of paintings, “10 Plagues Revisited (part 1),” as well as a large mural of charcoal drawings, at Pink espace in Montreal, April 1 to May 29. Bertha, who also studied art in Vancouver in the ’70s, teaches at Montreal’s Saidye Bronfman Centre. Missile, Fire, and Water

Rev. Wendy Bussell, BA (rec. & leisure studies), received an MDiv from the University of Toronto in 1983. She is a chaplain at the Blue Water Youth Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., a corrections institute for young offenders, and is the author of two recent books, The Truth About Forgiveness and Growing in Your Spiritual Journey.

Irenka Bajusz Hassoun, BA (Fr. & Germ.), received a diploma in education from McGill in 1979, and a certificat de didactique des moyens d’expression from Université de Sherbrooke in 1993. She studied at Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, in 2000. Irenka has two children, Marc-Oliver, 25, and Jessica, 23. “I’m taking early retirement in 2005 to pursue an art career.”

Sugiharto Utomo, BEng (mech.), does inside sales for Floval Equipment in Concord, Ont. Following a 20-year absence spent in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sugiharto says, ”I came back to Canada in 2003. I started my new life in Toronto and if I could find a good job in Montreal, I would consider moving there. Canada is so different now. There are so many immigrants and it’s so vibrant.”


Sunny Porch by Ronna Mogelon

Ronna Mogelon, BFA, will be displaying her pencil drawings in a show, “Shadowscapes,” at the Country Frame Shop and Gallery in St. Eugene, Ont., September 18 to October 8. Ronna is author of Famous People’s Cats (1996) and Wild in the Kitchen: Recipes for Wild Fruits, Weeds and Seeds (2001), and has provided drawings for The Complete Chicken Cookbook by Diane Rozas (2004) and The Egg White Cookbook (2005). She has exhibited in several group shows in Vankleek Hill, Ont., and lives in Dunvegan, Ont. Sunny Porch

Carole Ladouceur, BFA (studio arts), received a certificate in advertising from Université de Montréal in 1995. Carole is now a distribution and retail corporate marketing studio manager for Provigo in Montreal. She is married with two children.

Nwankwo Sam Uko, BA (econ.), writes, “I’m executive director of sales for Crosef Marketing Services, a marketing company in Nigeria. My regards to other alumni.”


Elaine Arsenault, BA, won a Tatoulu 2005 prize in France in May, in the category of Grande Section Maternelle, for her first children’s book, Le Grand Rêve de Passepoil (Dominique et Compagnie). The book tells the charming story of a dog, Passepoil, trying to persuade a woman to adopt him. Elaine is manager of career services at Concordia Counselling and Development.


Ian D’Souza, MSc (phys.), PhD (phys.) 98, lives in Waterloo, Ont., and is the principal engineer for COM DEV Space in Cambridge, Ont. “I work in the Canadian space industry designing space science instrumentation. I’m learning to fly and will have my private pilot’s licence shortly.”

Eric Stern, MBA, is a principal at Expertech CMSC in Montreal. “In addition to helping organizations set up and improve their quality systems and structures, I offer coaching to executives who want to develop their own or their employees’ capabilities.”

20th Reunion

Biggiantweed by Bernice (Lutfie) Sorge

Bernice (Lutfie) Sorge, BFA (studio arts), MA (art therapy) 98, is known for her botanical prints ( Her large print mural in the Museum of Civilization of Canada in 2003 spoke about memory, identity and the immigrant experience. Recently she exhibited in the Salon Internationale de L’estampe Originale in Paris (2004) and the Foire Internationale d’art Contemporain in Strasbourg (2005). This summer, Bernice held an exhibit, ''Profugus,’’ at Original Cliché Gallery in Montreal, and ''The Shadow Project,’’ for the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, at Sorge Studio in Dunham, Que., where she teaches art. Biggiantweed

Michele Cazelais-Ashton, BA (poli. sci.), lives in Hong Kong. “I moved to HK after 12 years in Europe. I have two children who attend school here and we all love this part of the world.”

Guillaume Savard, MEng (build.), was recently transferred to Vancouver, where he is a project manager with MHPM Project Managers. Guillaume will be responsible for ensuring the safe and timely construction of the Richmond Speed Skating Oval for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Mark Shainblum, BA (cr. writ.), is a freelance writer and lives in Montreal. He was recently appointed manager of communications and publications of McGill’s Admissions, Recruitment and Registrar’s (ARR) Office, on a one-year, interim basis. The ARR Communications Unit is responsible for producing McGill’s many student calendars, plus a variety of other publications and online resources.

John M. Udy, PhD (humanities), lives in Montreal and is head translator (French to English) for Keleny Translation Agency. He has recently published Man Makes the City, based on his 20 years of teaching experience for Concordia’s geography department.


Jean-Marc Nantais, BComm (mktg.), is general manager, Enterprise Marketing, at Canada Post in Ottawa. Jean- Marc has been recognized with many awards, including, in 2005, the Grand Prize Stratège B2B Marketing - Marketing Personality of the Year. He was named honorary member of Montreal’s Marketing Academy (2001-2004), and he can be found in Canada’s Who’s Who from 2001 through 2005.

Richard Nimijean, BA, MA (PP&PA) 89, lives in Gatineau, Que. “I am a lecturer in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, and am the school’s undergraduate supervisor. My teaching and research relate to the branding of Canada.”

Siobhan-Louise O’Keefe, BFA (studio arts), moved to Vancouver in 1986. “For many years I was involved in the music industry as photographer, video director and art director, working on major American productions in the set decorating department. After having my two children, I now share my time between prop styling and as the art department instructor at the Vancouver Film School.”

Michel Pettigrew, BA (psych.), writes, “I have been with Aliant, a Bell affiliate, for the past eight years as account consultant, and I enjoy the telecom industry. I have one son, Scott, who has recently become a teenager, and am in the process of relocating to Moncton, N.B. Even after two decades I still claim that the best years of my life were my university years.”

Erin Scullion, BA (journ.), received a master’s degree in communications from the Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1990. She now works for McKercher + Scullion, a writing and design company in Ottawa. Erin is currently writing a book on the history of the Canadian Dairy Commission.


Zsolt Szigetvari, BA (comm. stud.), MA (media stud.) 89, and John Connolly, MBA 89, GrCert (dig. tech. des. art) 04, both teach communications at Dawson College and Concordia University. They are founder and president, respectively, of a product they developed, Zenome (, a web-search tool that relies on the human brain (as opposed to software brawn) to deliver more relevant Internet searches. It shares its advertising revenue with thousands of editors and contributors from across the globe who collectively create and maintain a large, self-organizing catalogue of the Internet. John explains that the project employs elements of “folksonomy,” the practice of collaborative categorization: “You can think of it as a cross between Wikipedia and the Open Directory Project.”


Stephen Buddo, BSc (appl. math.), is a senior project analyst in the Military Aviation Training (MAT) division at Bombardier in Montreal. “I work on truly fascinating projects wherein we train Canadian military pilots all the way up to lead-in to the CF-18 aircraft. We also have NATO and other international customers. I devote some of my spare time to working as the vice-president communications (Quebec) for the National Firearms Association ( Our goal is to revoke and rescind the federal Liberals’ ill-conceived, useless, $2-billion gun control law.”

Maxine Kamari Clarke, BA (poli. sci.), is an associate professor at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She is former co-president of CUSA.

Robert Soroka, MBA, teaches in the marketing department at the JMSB. Robert is a playwright, with six plays to his credit, and has just signed his first movie contract for the adaptation of one of his scripts. The stage version of the drama-comedy Thesis of Life will be mounted at the McGill Players Theatre, September 21 to October 1. Robert’s second annual holiday stage production for kids of all ages, Never Cross an Enchanted Picket Line, will be performed December 28 and 29 at the Saputo Theatre at the Leonardo da Vinci Centre in Montreal.

15th Reunion

Yvan Cournoyer, BComm, is procurement director for H-E-B Company, a group of grocery stores in San Antonio, Tex.


James Perks, BEng (elec.), lives on Īle Bizard and has worked as system integration engineer for Thales for the past seven years. “From 2000 to 2003 I enjoyed a temporary work assignment in Wichita, Kan., and Portland, Ore., and then returned to Canada to settle down with my wife, Christina, and son, Adam James.”

Michel C. Poisson, BComm (mktg.), lives in Baie d’Urfé, Que. He is an account manager with Bell Canada, responsible for all Montreal universities, including Concordia. Michel is a member of the Baie d’Urfé Yacht Club and is skipper of a C&C 25 sailboat. He is married with one child.


Stuart Pascoe, BFA, writes, “After graduating from Concordia in 1992, I studied education at UQAM and second language teaching at McGill. After a few years teaching I decided to return to my paintbrushes and went into business for myself, doing murals, faux finishes and other decorative painting. It’s now been seven years — a lot of fun, stories and painting. I am proudly launching a new website,” Stuart has one son, Nicholas, 18.

Irène Paulmier, BA (Eng. & Fr.), received a master’s in library and information studies from McGill in 1996. She is now a librarian and information officer for Laforge Canada in Montreal.

Kerry Schacter, BA (admin.), CIM, is an investment advisor with Industrial Alliance Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Industrial Alliance Group, Canada’s fifth largest life and health insurance company. “I have been professionally managing investment portfolios for the past 12 years. Previously I served at Prudential Assurance, First Marathon Correspondent Network and National Bank Financial.”


John Ellis, BFA (cinema), and his girlfriend, Susie Grondin, BFA (cinema) 94, both work for Broadcast Arts in Toronto. John writes, “I’m not in the habit of blowing our own horn, but Susie won a Daytime Emmy for producing the children’s animation program Rolie, Polie, Olie. In her profession this is the highest honour one can achieve. This Emmy not only reflects Susie’s hard work but how great Concordia’s film program prepared her for the real world.”

Blair Houston, BA (econ.), lives in Folsom, Calif., where he is Senior QA Automation Consultant for Advanced Technology Solutions. “I am a brother of the now inactive Theta Sigma fraternity. I am enjoying my second career as a computer systems analyst. Over the years my home base has moved from Montreal to Vancouver to Maryland to New York to Florida. I have worked for such organizations as Weight Watchers, LEGO, Major League Baseball and even NASA. I have a wonderful wife, Darlene Newton, BComm (acct.) 03, and two adorable children, Victoria, 8, and Alexander, 10. A piece of advice for future grads of Concordia: Make every effort to participate in your child’s education from kindergarten to university. On another note, always keep in touch with your former schoolmates. One of my close friends and fraternity brothers, Peter Feidelberg, BSc 90, perished during the 9/11 attacks at the WTC in NY as I sat in traffic on the George Washington Bridge. I thoroughly enjoyed my education at Concordia; those were the most amazing years of my life (so far).”


Davood Bakhtnia, BEng (elec.), lives in Mountain View, Calif. “I received a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, Calif. I am now technical and marketing director at Softinet, a California-based company developing dynamic and web-enabled software application and online marketing solutions. I am married with no children. I enjoy mountain climbing, and (for the past 10 years) have been playing soccer with a small friendly local team in California. I’d like to reconnect with all my classmates and friends from Concordia.”


10th Reunion

95 Elyes (Ilyess) Bdira, PhD (elec. eng.), is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Previously, Elyes worked for INRS Telecom, NEC in Texas and Nortel in Ottawa. He is married and has three children, Ala, 18, Areej, 15, and Ibrahim, 12. “Any former colleagues from electrical and computer engineering can contact me.”

Gwen Tolbart, BA (journ.), is weather anchor/reporter at WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. Gwen received an Emmy nomination in May from the National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Television Academy for the 47th Emmy Awards. This is her second Emmy nomination while working at WTTG, where she began in 2002.

Camelswan by Susan Garfield-Shulman

Susan Garfield-Shulman, BFA (studio arts), will hold an exhibition, “Fishscapes,” at Galerie Kozen in Montreal, September 12-24. Susan is an artist living and working in Montreal. To date, she has exhibited works in more than 25 shows in the U.S. and Canada. Susan currently juxtaposes her career and motherhood while exploring her personal iconography of autobiographical themes, genealogy and researching her personal heritage. Camelswan

Yesim Heper Brisbane, BComm (int’l bus.), lives in Middletown, Del. “I’m pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland, and am working in the finance department of Dade Behring, a leading medical diagnostic manufacturing company. I’m married with two kids. You can get in touch with me at”

Deanna Fogstrom, MA (app. ling.), earned a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. Deanna teaches English as a second language to international students at the Coquitlam School Board in B.C. She is also an active artist and artist-mentor for graduate students at Simon Fraser University. Deanna’s work has appeared in four shows. “I still miss Montreal life, culture and people.”


Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins, BA (journ. & Eng. lit.), after three years of freelancing for publications ranging from Flare to the Gazette, switched to public relations. “It was the best decision of my life.” For the past five years, he’s been working for the McGill University Relations Office. Sylvain was recently named associate director of Communications and Public Affairs. “I’m so grateful for the great education I obtained at Concordia. The volumes of writing for my journalism classes and for The Concordian, where I was associate arts editor, helped me earn a living through words. Now, I get to promote one of Canada’s top universities, McGill, to reporters across the world, many of whom are fellow Concordia alums.”

Domenico Discepola, BComm (MIS), MSc (admin.) 03, says his degrees “helped me make the big move from Montreal to Toronto. I work for Bank of Nova Scotia’s Investment Banking arm (Scotia Capital) on the Trade Floor Risk Management team.”

Jessie Dufour, BSc (psych. & bio.), earned a BEd from the University of Ottawa in 1999. She teaches French at école Marie-Curie in Ottawa and is pursuing a master’s in education from the University of Ottawa.

Kenneth Hemmerick, BFA (interdisc. studs.), is vice-president of ArtsNDG (, a non-profit, artist-run collective and gallery in Montreal. Kenneth has been named a global core team member of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, anchored at Columbia University ( He is also director of the group’s Prevent Suicide by Extending Equal Dignity to All intervention project. Kenneth has developed an e-book and online course, A Guide in Humane Awareness (

Jean Pierre (J.P.) Reimer, BA, married Lies Verhoeff in Calgary on May 7. J.P., who starred for the Stingers men’s basketball team, will continue to pursue his career in education while travelling with Lies, who plays for the Canadian National Volleyball team and a professional women’s volleyball team in Vienna, Austria.

Sol epineaux by Isabelle Guillard

Isabelle Guillard, BFA (art ed.), GrDip 99, held an exhibition of her landscapebased oil paintings, “Memory of the Landscape,” April 28 to May 29, at Galerie de la Ville in Dollard des Ormeaux, Que. Isabelle, who has an MFA from Vermont College in Montpelier, is a teacher in visual art and art communication at St. Maxime High School in Laval. Sol épineaux

Georgia Genovezos, BComm (mktg.), was honoured in March, together with 36 others from the business community, with a 2005 MS Leadership award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Quebec Division). Georgia is director of Terminal Management at Fido Solutions in Montreal. Her volunteer involvement includes fundraising for the Women’s Shelter and the Missing Children’s Network.

Rochester by Ilga Leimanis

Ilga Leimanis, BFA (art history), MA (SIP) 04, lives in London, England. Her artwork appeared in an exhibition, “Les Īles Inventées,” at the Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay in Montreal, May 12 to June 18, and at the Warren G. Flowers Gallery at Dawson College, February 23 to March 12. Rochester

Devin Mueller, MA (psych.), PhD (psych.) 05, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ponce School of Medicine in his home city of Ponce, Puerto Rico.


5th Reunion

Asuman Budak, BComm (MIS), is a web group manager for Siemens A.S. in Istanbul, Turkey. “I like Istanbul but I miss Concordia and all my friends there.”

Marisa Zwan, BA (phil. & poli. sci.), recently received her law degree from the University of Windsor, and is now completing articles with McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Toronto.


Branko Kajzer, MA (creat. arts ther.), Janet Rigg, MA (creat. arts ther.) 04, and Athena Madan, MA (creat. arts ther.) 05, together opened Creative Clinical Solutions in downtown Montreal, a new psychotherapy and counselling centre for children and adults, both individual and groups. Janet says, “Our counselling services encourage individuals to use creative methods of self-expression to promote understanding and self-esteem.”

Genevieve Lacaille, BA (psych.), lives in St. Lambert, Que. She earned a Real Estate Certificate from Collège édouard-Montpetit, and currently works as a real estate agent for Re/Max St-Hubert.


David Boubacar Coulibaly, EMBA, is finance and operations director for TelePay in Paris, France. “In love with Montreal, Quebec and Canada! I am on my way to permanently move back to Montreal in late winter. Can’t wait for it, but professional obligations first. With a father from Mali, a mother from Romania and France, grandparents from Germany and Israel, and a lovely wife from Cape Verde, I have called many places in Africa, Europe and the U.S. home. Of all places I’ve known, I never felt as good as in Montreal, the city that best fits me. Thanks to all at Concordia, which made me go there in the first place, and see you soon in Montreal and around.”

Martin Dada, MA (phil.), is an admissions officer at Strayer University in Maryland. “I came as an international student from Nigeria to study at Concordia. After graduation, I moved to the United States and got married to Olusola Osilesi, whom I met at Concordia. Overall, Concordia changed the course of my life.”

Margharita Nehme, MA (ling. & adult ed.), is training director at International Training Center Montreal ( “Since my graduation last spring I have been working on starting my own training centre, offering services to private and governmental institutions. My main focus is language training, though I am looking at broader horizons. I just started a graduate degree in educational technology and find it extremely interesting.”


Jamal Ahmed, MEng (elec.), is a controls engineer for Weltex Robotics in Mississauga, Ont. “I am a Graphic Logic Controller (GLC) programmer. GLC is a state-of the- art automation and controls product. I frequently visit customer sites in London, Ont., for start-up and technical support for robot control systems. Currently, I am preparing for PEng (professional engineer) exams. I have also worked for Siemens in Germany, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.”

Laurent Bourgault, BA (hist. & west. soc. and cult.), lives in Montreal. “I graduated in June 2005 from the Liberal Arts College, where I spent three years enjoying myself and getting education for my life. I am on my way to do another bachelor’s degree, at Université de Montréal, in a program called Sécurité et études policières. Even though what I did at Concordia is not related at all with my new field of study, I received an education that will serve me for my whole life!”

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